Newcastle cleared for Kone talks

September 21, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Press Association News of the Magpies’ interest in Kone emerged through the website of owner Mike Ashley’s sportswear company, www.sportsdirectnews.com. It is not yet clear whether or not Newcastle have agreed a fee with Wigan for the proposed transfer, but they are sure to face stiff competition from Everton. Kone arrived at Wigan from Spanish cub Levante last summer and prospered under Martinez, scoring 13 goals in his first season in English football. Alan Pardew is desperate to add some fire-power to his squad after seeing his team struggling in the wake of Demba Ba’s January departure for Chelsea. Papiss Cisse carried the burden of providing the goals following Ba’s exit, and although he too struck 13 times in total, he alone was unable to prevent the club slipping into a relegation fight. Newcastle have been chasing St Etienne’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but have been unable to compete with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, while they remain in the hunt for Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, but are not prepared to pay anywhere near the midlands club’s £8million valuation of the 29-year-old, and Kone would be significantly cheaper. Newcastle have been given permission to speak to Wigan striker Arouna Kone.center_img However, they may have to battle it out with Everton for the Ivorian’s signature with former Latics boss Roberto Martinez keen to take him to Goodison Park. The 29-year-old has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the DW Stadium in the wake of relegation from the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Transfer: Leicester City Accepts FIFA’s Sanction

September 9, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgLeicester City will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA’s decision to reject Adrien Silva’s registration.FIFA made the ruling after paperwork on 28-year-old Silva’s £22m move from Sporting Lisbon was 14 seconds too late on the August 31 deadline day.The Foxes wanted to go to CAS but said “FIFA will not support an expedited process”.Silva can only start playing for them when January’s transfer window opens. The club said it has been forced “to reluctantly accept the single-judge ruling of FIFA’s players’ status committee without reasonable opportunity for independent arbitration that is timely enough to be effective”.They added: “Our frustration at the denial of effective due process doubles our disappointment at the original outcome and while the club is now essentially powerless to continue to challenge the decision, we will continue to support Adrien in any personal appeal he wishes to undertake.“We intend to register Adrien at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, he will remain under our care, training with the squad under the supervision of our coaching, medical and sport science staff.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more